Casey J. Kohlmeier, 29, of Pontiac, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 10:46 p.m. at OSF St. James John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac, Ill.
He was born June 5, 1984, in Fairbury, Ill., the son of Jeff (Tracey) Kohlmeier of Saunemin, and Keri (Donny) Schmidt of Saunemin.
He graduated from Pontiac Township High School, Class of 2002. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from DeVry University in the Technical Management Program.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2002 to 2006 at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. While in the service, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force BMT Honor Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with device, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was Airman of the Year 2005.
He had just received his pilot’s license this past year. He was a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County and Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association. He was a member of Saunemin Methodist Church.
He had worked in the Pontiac Police Department K-9 Unit since January 2007. He received his training certificate as detective and also on the Livingston County Proactive Unit. He was with his K-9 patrol partner, Draco, who was his beloved sidekick, until the end.
He is survived by his parents, Jeff (Tracey) Kohlmeier of Saunemin, Ill., and Keri (Donny) Schmidt of Saunemin; his stepfather, Kyle Kociss of Morris, Ill.; his maternal grandparents, Jim and Kay Horrie of Saunemin, Lynne and James Kociss of Gardner, Ill., Larry and Linda Schmidt of Mt. Vernon, Ill. and Ina Tjelle of Lincoln, Ill.; paternal grandparents Eldon “Bud” and Karen Kohlmeier of Saunemin and Alvin Gamble of Fitchfield, Ohio; his girlfriend, Leslie Alappattu of Bloomington, Ill.; brothers, Zach Kohlmeier of Bourbonnais, Ill. and Jordan Kociss of Bloomington; and sisters, Lauren Kohlmeier of Normal, Ill. and Ryli Schmidt of Saunemin.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Joan Gamble.
Services will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Pontiac Township High School Auditorium, 1100 E. Indiana Ave., Pontiac. The Rev. Jane Bradford will officiate. Burial will be at Southside Cemetery in Pontiac with full military rites.
The visitation will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Pontiac Township High School Auditorium. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate all donations to be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County or K-9 Fund through the Pontiac Police Department
Online condolences may be made to the family at duffyfuneralhome.com.